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FAU launches program to boost South Florida medical research

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:14:00 PST

Florida Atlantic University is hoping to become home to some of the top young scientists in the United States.

The university is partnering with the Max Planck Society, the Germany-based biotech research giant, to create a new undergraduate honors program for students interested in neuroscience.....


Alcee Hastings says $220,000 sex harassment settlement should not have been paid

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:35:00 PST

A sexual harassment accusation against U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings resulted in a $220,000 lawsuit settlement — money that the congressman said should not have been paid because he did nothing wrong.

The allegations about conduct that former staffer Winsome Packer said occurred from January 2008 to...


Man faces two attempted murder charges after North Lauderdale shooting

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:15:00 PST

A 19-year-old man faces two attempted murder charges after two juveniles were shot in North Lauderdale.

On Sunday, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Fernandinho St. Lot, 19, in connection with the shooting.

The sheriff’s office reported two juveniles were shot Saturday on the 1000 block...


At Ollie the pit bull memorial, activists call for change

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:40:00 PST

The horrific death of Ollie the pit bull, who was stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed into a suitcase, provoked a call for tougher punishments for animal abusers.

Nearly 100 people filled the pews of the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood on Sunday to remember Ollie, who died two days after...


Toys in the Sun Run brings out thousands of bikers and spectators | Video

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:10:00 PST

Temperatures in the low 50s failed to cool the enthusiasm of tens of thousands of bikers who filled two interstate highways with motorcycles to support sick children.

It was all part of Sunday morning’s 30th annual Toys in the Sun Run to benefit programs and services for kids at Joe DiMaggio Children’s...


Shooting puts two juveniles in the hospital

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:40:00 PST

Two juveniles were shot in North Lauderdale and taken to hospitals Saturday afternoon.

The condition of the victims was unknown after the 2:17 p.m. shooting at 1040 SW 76th Ave. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of a “person of interest.”

The two victims were at separate hospitals,...


Shelters open to bring homeless people in from chilly temperatures

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:50:00 PST

Broward County declared a cold emergency for Saturday and Sunday nights and opened four overnight shelters for homeless people.

It’s because temperatures were predicted to drop to the 45-degree threshold or lower for three hours or more, said Michael Wright, manager of the Broward County Homeless...


Palm Beach County woman to lead Florida Dems

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:40:00 PST

The chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party was selected Saturday by Florida Democrats to lead the party for the next three years.

Terrie Rizzo, 70, who lives just west of incorporated Boynton Beach, easily beat Brevard County Democratic Chairwoman Stacey Patel in an 830-291 vote by...


Ex charter school teacher released on bond after charges of a sex act on a minor

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:30:00 PST

A former Tamarac charter school teacher was released on bond Friday, after being arrested on charges of engaging in a sex act with a 15-year-old boy he picked up on the side of the road.

Authorities became aware of the accusations after Sheldon McDonald, 34, reported his car stolen on Oct. 23.


This city OK'd marijuana dispensaries. Now it's having second thoughts

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:45:00 PST

Have they opened Pandora’s box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders worry that’s what they might’ve done by allowing marijuana dispensaries in the city.

They’re now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes, as well as...


Drivers promised some relief by year's end. Did we get it?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:45:00 PST

We were promised several transportation projects would be completed by the holidays, but not all of them appear to be on track.

From construction on the highways to new train services, progress is mixed and drivers are frustrated.

“Traffic backs up on I-95 and creates not just a slowdown but a...


Broward bailiff plans walk to D.C. to raise awareness about human trafficking

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:25:00 PST

Broward court bailiff Roger DeHart was already interested in doing something to fight against human trafficking earlier this year when he met a Plantation mother with a heartbreaking story.

The woman, Lisa Manns, told a meeting of the Broward Human Trafficking coalition about her struggles with...


'Times have changed': Churches ask cops for advice to thwart mass shootings

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

Sometimes prayer is not enough.

Recent attacks nationally on churches have prompted congregations throughout South Florida to ask police for training on what to do if confronted with an armed intruder.

“Times have changed. You never thought you would need to take these proactive measures for a...


Videos show fight before deputy shoots man dead

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:30:00 PST

A citizen’s video that shows the fatal shooting of a Lauderdale Lakes man by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy appeared on social media.

And on Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office took the unusual step of releasing additional video from surveillance cameras, two deputies’ body cameras and 911 recordings...


Man accused of killing Ollie the pit bull facing 17 counts of animal cruelty

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 06:10:00 PST

The Hollywood man accused in the brutal stabbing death of a pit bull named Ollie is facing 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty – one for each of 16 deep stab wounds and one for trapping the dog inside a suitcase.

Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday morning against Brendan Evans, 31, who ...


Broward County seeks key to luring more tourists

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:05:00 PST

Broward County’s tourism agency is spending more than $200,000 to find ways to attract more visitors and operate more efficiently.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to do a better job of knowing who visits here, who are potential Fort Lauderdale visitors and how best...


Davie plans to become a tourist magnet. Here's how.

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 14:10:00 PST

Saddle up, cowboy. Davie is taking its heritage to new heights.

The town is hoping to create a major tourist draw by expanding its Western-themed downtown with a village that would include restaurants, a saloon, a museum, a hotel, shopping and entertainment. And it plans to celebrate its agricultural...


Ron Bergeron didn't get reappointed to job he loved but remains loyal to Rick Scott

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST

Time after time, Ron Bergeron has praised Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership. Scott recently removed Bergeron from the position that allowed him to pursue his life’s passion, restoring and defending the Everglades.

Getting replaced hasn’t produced a change of heart about Scott.

Bergeron credited the...


Toy trash or treasure? Figure out how much it's worth at vintage toy show

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:20:00 PST

Joel Magee knows vintage toys. He can recite their history and manufacturer in an instant. And because he knows how much they’re worth, his negotiation skills are just as honed.

Most of the toys and comic books and cards carried by amateur collectors into the hotel room in Dania Beach on Saturday...


Jury rules against fired FAU prof James Tracy in free speech case

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:55:00 PST

Jurors took just three hours on Monday to rule against a controversial blogger who claimed he was fired from a tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University in retaliation for his conspiracy theorist blogging about the Sandy Hook massacre.

James Tracy alleged that FAU violated his First...


Laser light show on tap for the holidays this Friday in Margate

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

A musical 3-D laser show will aim to wow the crowds Friday night by making toy soldiers, spinning mobiles and dancers appear several stories high on the side of a building.

The presentation at Margate City Hall, 5790 Margate Blvd., will run every 30 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. The last show is...


Broward pays more than $500,000 returning abandoned belongings following airport shootings

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:15:00 PST

It cost Broward County about $562,000 to reunite travelers with their left-behind belongings following the Jan. 6 shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Another $270,000 was spent replacing carpets and ceiling tiles in Terminal 2 after the shooter killed five people. And...


Two Broward men split $550K jackpot in Florida Lottery game

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 03:45:00 PST

A Pembroke Pines man Thursday claimed his share of the $550,000 jackpot from a recent Lucky Money game, Florida Lottery officials announced.

Jorge Velasquez, 56, was one of two Broward men who held a jackpot-winning ticket worth $275,000 from the drawing that took place, Nov. 21, the night before...


Cool clerk stares down gunman who got away with just $6.34 worth of candy

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:25:00 PST

Ever wonder what you’d do if someone pointed a gun toward you and demanded that you hand over money?

What you probably wouldn’t do is ignore the bad guy’s orders, put your hands on the counter — and stare him down.

But that’s exactly what Walgreens clerk Jayson Shipp did during an attempted robbery...


Father of three killed by freight train in Oakland Park

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 14:05:00 PST

A man died after being hit by a freight train early Thursday in Oakland Park.

Robert Gray, 38, who lived in Oakland Park, was hit by the train shortly before 4 a.m. near West Prospect Road and Powerline Road, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

It’s not known why Gray was at the tracks.